Overview Certified

Certification is an important component of any professional who provides services to an organization or members of the society. A professional certification provides the required credibility, knowledge and confidence to offer the best possible services and win the trust of those whom rely on certified experts for guidance and solutions.

Identity and access management is a growing career field and top priority for many organizations as they attempt to manage and protect an increasing number of employee, customer and third party identities.

Increasing access to a variety of systems from a multitude of devices and access points has become a real challenge for some companies. In addition, Internet of Things (IoT), static consumer information, and Big Data comprising of dynamic consumer information are abundant and introduce new risks associated with these areas that we must also address. As such, knowledgeable and up-to-date identity risk management experts are increasingly needed to mitigate these and other evolving risks for companies and consumers for many years to come.

Identity Management Institute® is a leading international organization which offers information security training and professional certifications in the identity and access management field through testing, analysis, and evaluation of the knowledge, skills and abilities of its members for the purpose of certification and re-certification.


The image below illustrates various identity management certification paths and the sections below offer detailed descriptions for each program and links to certification pages to help you select your path.

Identity Management Certification Path


Identity and Access Management


Certified Identity and Access Manager (CIAM)®

Identity and Access Management (IAM) is the most important discipline of the information security field which manages user identities and their access to enterprise resources.

The Certified Identity and Access Manager® (CIAM) designation is for professionals who develop and maintain programs to effectively manage identity risks and user access to enterprise systems and data by proposing efficient processes, deploying tools, and engaging users. The overall objective of CIAM® professionals is to justify identity and access management investments, close compliance or control gaps, and identify process improvement areas.

Learn more about CIAM.



Certified Access Management Specialist (CAMS)®

Hands-on professionals who manage access to critical information systems can greatly benefit by earning the Certified Access Management Specialist® (CAMS) designation. CAMS are capable of designing and/or administering access management policies and procedures which involve processing access requests, documenting approvals, granting access, and de-provisioning access. CAMS are also responsible for periodic access reviews, certification, and account reconciliation.

Learn more about CAMS.


Identity Theft and Fraud


Certified Identity Protection Advisor (CIPA)®

The Certified Identity Protection Advisor® (CIPA) program is designed for identity theft management professionals who educate, guide, and support businesses and consumers to prevent, detect, and resolve identity theft. The CIPA program offers a unique framework, principles, and guidelines for managing identity theft risks including identity theft prevention, detection, investigation, and recovery. CIPAs are basically certified identity theft advisors who provide their services to any customer who needs help with identity theft risk management.

Learn more about CIPA.



Certified Red Flag Specialist (CRFS)®

The Certified Red Flag Specialist® (CRFS) designation is a leading workplace identity fraud prevention training and certification program which was named after and designed in close alignment with the United States Red Flags Rule which has comprehensive requirements for workplace identity theft detection and fraud prevention. CRFS is a registered program which educates candidates on how to minimize identity fraud which is committed with stolen personal information.

Learn more about CRFS.


Governance, Technology, Implementation, and Security

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Certified Identity Governance Expert (CIGE)®

Designed for thought leaders who understand the evolving identity management risks, the Certified Identity Governance Expert® (CIGE) program recognizes the skills of industry leaders who can not only interpret and implement existing frameworks, but they can also propose new identity governance policies and standards. These thought leaders are often sought-after speakers in international forums and hold executive position in leading organizations.

Learn more about CIGE.


Certified Identity Management Professional (CIMP)®

The Certified Identity Management Professional® (CIMP) program is designed for professionals who are directly engaged in identity management projects with hands-on support, project management responsibilities, or consulting capabilities to propose, design, and implement identity and access management solutions. CIMP professionals are usually key members and/or managers of identity management projects who manage project tasks and facilitate the communication of project details between non-technical and technical stakeholders and leverage the strategic and governance skills of Certified Identity and Access Manager (CIAM) professionals as well as the highly technical skills of Certified Identity and Security Technologist (CIST) professionals to accomplish their goals.

Learn more about CIMP.

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Certified Identity and Security Technologist (CIST)®

The Certified Identity and Security Technologist® (CIST) designation is designed for technical leaders who develop, assess, select, implement, and manage identity management and security systems. CIST professionals are highly technical experts who are familiar with the available technologies in the industry and understand the needs of their organizations. CIST® professionals are also highly sought technical experts who are engaged in the development of new Identity and Access Management and security products and improvement of existing ones.

Learn more about CIST.


Certified in Data Protection (CDP)®

Certified in Data Protection® or CDP is designed for professionals who leverage all necessary security standards and regulatory requirements to develop and manage comprehensive data protection programs to protect any data which requires protection based on business risks and desired objectives around data integrity, availability, and confidentiality.

Learn more about CDP.

Certification at a Glance

Exam Waiver
Certification Fee
Page Link
Visit CIPA
$195 (without exam)

$295 (with exam)
Visit CIAM
Visit CRFS
Visit CIMP
Visit CAMS
Visit CIST
Visit CIGE
$295 (without exam)

$395 (with exam)
Visit CDP

Additional Information


  • Grandfathering for eligible certifications is only available to qualified candidates until the study guide and exam materials are introduced. The grandfathering period end date will be announced at least 3 months prior to the launch of the examination.
  • Certification candidates must be members of Identity Management Institute. New members can apply for certification and membership simultaneously. Membership period ends December 31. The initial membership fee may be different depending on which month members first join. Group discount is available for membership and certification. Visit the membership page for details.
  • Certification fee includes exam and study guide when exam is available.
  • Continuing education requirement is 60 hours every 3 years. Download the CPE document.
  • All certifications are registered trademarks of Identity Management Institute®.